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Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and can be prevented through vaccination. It does not cause chronic liver disease, but it can lead to debilitating symptoms and, in rare cases, acute liver failure, which can be life-threatening. The virus is highly contagious and is primarily spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or water, close personal contact with an infected individual, or oral-anal sex. 

While most people with hepatitis A do not have long-lasting illness, in rare cases, it can be life-threatening, especially for older individuals and those with other serious health issues. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination, good personal hygiene, proper sanitation, and safe food practices

The vaccine is safe, highly effective, and offers long-term protection, with the first dose providing protection within 1-2 weeks and lasting for 20 years to life after the second dose. In addition to vaccination, good personal hygiene, proper sanitation, and safe food practices also help prevent the spread of the virus. 

Hepatitis A Symptoms

Symptoms can last up to 2 months and include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, and jaundice. While most people do not experience long-lasting illness, the best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Low-grade fever
  • Dark urine
  • Joint pain
  • Clay- or gray-colored stool
  • Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • Intense itching
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (over your liver)
  • Sudden nausea and vomiting and diarrhea

Hepatitis A virus can be transmitted via:

  • Consuming food handled by an individual with the virus who fails to adequately wash their hands after using the restroom
  • Ingesting contaminated water
  • Eating food washed in contaminated water
  • Consuming raw shellfish from water contaminated with sewage
  • Close contact with an infected person, even if they are asymptomatic
  • Engaging in sexual activity with an infected individual

Get Protected

It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or a travel health specialist to assess the specific vaccination recommendations based on the travel itinerary and individual health considerations. To ensure your protection against Hepatitis A, schedule an appointment for the vaccine at Mint Health + Drugs.

Our pharmacists can offer valuable information on required and recommended vaccinations, as well as essential tips for maintaining good health while traveling. Get in touch or book an appointment with our Travel Consultation Pharmacists. 

Hepatitis A FAQs

Hepatitis A does not have a specific cure. The body will naturally clear the virus over time, typically within a few weeks to several months. 

Hepatitis can be caused by various factors, including viral infections, heavy alcohol use, toxins, certain medications, and autoimmune conditions. The most common cause of hepatitis is viral infection, with hepatitis A, B, and C being the most prevalent types. 

The symptoms of hepatitis A typically last for less than 2 months. However, 10% to 15% of symptomatic individuals may experience prolonged or relapsing disease for up to 6 months.

If you have an upcoming appointment, please fill out the Pre-Appointment form at least 48 hours before the appointment.  

Mint Health + Drugs Allendale

#100, 6720 104 Street NW Edmonton, AB

(780) 761-3011


Mint Health + Drugs Meridian 

Suite 2, 4402 37 Street, Stony Plain, AB

(780) 963-9792


Mint Health + Drugs Sherwood

#109, 65 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park, AB

(780) 467-9839


Mint Health + Drugs Blue Bottle

148 17 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1L6

(403) 276-3364

Mint Health + Drugs Langdon 

#107, 355 Centre Street, Langdon, AB

(403) 936-0448

Mint Health + Drugs Crystal Ridge

Unit 5, 55 Wheatland Trail, Strathmore, AB

(403) 901-2244

Mint Health + Drugs Sterling

Suite 106, 11601 101 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

(587) 299-9555

Travel Clinic Locations

If you have an upcoming appointment, please fill out the Pre-Appointment form at least 48 hours before the appointment.

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